Mental Health Service Manager

  • Full time
  • £28,000
  • Home office (due to Covid, otherwise Edinburgh or Glasgow office).
  • Closing 3rd November 2021

  • Advertised from 14th October 2021
  • Intercultural Youth Scotland operates with a 4-day week, which means that we consider a 32-hour work week to be full time. Contract Length December 2021 - March 2023
  • The position will include all statutory holiday and sick pay benefits, as well as standard pension contributions.


Intercultural Youth Scotland (IYS) is Scotland’s major voice for Black and PoC (People of Colour) children and young people. Established in 2019 as a small youth work charity for Black and PoC young people, we have grown as a centre of support, creativity and activism for our community. Our team of over 30 staff members – almost all of us Black and PoC young people ourselves – aim to make IYS a community space, a source of support and a champion for all Black and PoC children and young people in Scotland.

We centre anti-racism and the experiences of Black and PoC young people in schools, at work and in personal lives through our Education, Restless Natives, and Youth Work programmes, and our free Mental Health Service. Our governmental and sectoral advocacy is an extension of these priorities, which focuses on upending the entrenched inequalities and structural exclusion that have cut Black and PoC young people out of decision-making that shapes our lives. When IYS join these spaces of decision-making, we are often the only people present directly engaged and connected into the lives of Black and PoC young people. Our growing presence in Scotland springs from this unique position – advocating for change from others while we make a change directly ourselves.

Job Summary

The IYS Mental Health Service offers free, specialist counselling for Black and PoC children and young people, aged 12-25. It was first launched as a pilot in December 2020, and has now gained the long-term funding needed to establish itself as an ambitious and fully-fledged service. The Mental Health Service Manager will work closely with Senior Leadership Team members to maintain existing 1-1 counselling provision, improve the structures and processes of the service, and develop further counselling support based on our youth-centred and anti-racist approach. The Mental Health Service Manager will also play a key role in IYS’ advocacy for anti-racist change across Scotland’s mental health landscape, whether with Scottish Government, sectoral actors or partner organisations.

Application notes

A Recruitment Pack is available for download below.

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Closing date: 3rd November 2021, 5pm

Interview date: 9th November 2021

Induction: 29th of November

Expected start date: 6th December 2021

PLEASE NOTE: Interviews are scheduled to be held on 9th November. If you are not available that day, please let us know a time that suits you via email or in your application.